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28th Aug '16 12:12:22 PM nombretomado
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'''Newsies''' is a 1992 film produced by Disney. It is a live-action [[TheMusical musical]] that follows the story of a group of newsboys in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1899, who strike against the city's biggest newspapers and their publishers after the price of newspapers goes up. It was a box office bomb when it was first released and severely mocked by critics (Leonard Maltin went as far as calling it "[[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Newsboy]]"), but a combination of releases on home video and DVD, airings on the DisneyChannel, the Internet, and word of mouth has given it a monster-sized cult following. [[VindicatedByHistory Go figure]]. A [[Theatre/{{Newsies}} Broadway adaptation]] hit in 2012 and was promptly sold out and showered in Tony nominations. It won two, for Best Choreography and Best Score, winning Alan Menken his first Tony.

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'''Newsies''' is a 1992 film produced by Disney. It is a live-action [[TheMusical musical]] that follows the story of a group of newsboys in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1899, who strike against the city's biggest newspapers and their publishers after the price of newspapers goes up. It was a box office bomb when it was first released and severely mocked by critics (Leonard Maltin went as far as calling it "[[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Newsboy]]"), but a combination of releases on home video and DVD, airings on the DisneyChannel, Creator/DisneyChannel, the Internet, and word of mouth has given it a monster-sized cult following. [[VindicatedByHistory Go figure]]. A [[Theatre/{{Newsies}} Broadway adaptation]] hit in 2012 and was promptly sold out and showered in Tony nominations. It won two, for Best Choreography and Best Score, winning Alan Menken his first Tony.
22nd Jun '16 4:03:20 PM bwayrose7
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'''Newsies''' is a 1992 film produced by Disney. It is a live-action [[TheMusical musical]] that follows the story of a group of newsboys in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1899, who strike against the city's biggest newspapers and their publishers after the price of newspapers goes up. It was a box office bomb when it was first released and severely mocked by critics (Leonard Maltin went as far as calling it "[[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Newsboy]]"), but a combination of releases on home video and DVD, airings on the DisneyChannel, the Internet, and word of mouth has given it a monster-sized cult following. [[VindicatedByHistory Go figure]]. A Broadway adaptation hit in 2012 and was promptly sold out and showered in Tony nominations. It won two, for Best Choreography and Best Score, winning Alan Menken his first Tony.

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'''Newsies''' is a 1992 film produced by Disney. It is a live-action [[TheMusical musical]] that follows the story of a group of newsboys in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1899, who strike against the city's biggest newspapers and their publishers after the price of newspapers goes up. It was a box office bomb when it was first released and severely mocked by critics (Leonard Maltin went as far as calling it "[[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Newsboy]]"), but a combination of releases on home video and DVD, airings on the DisneyChannel, the Internet, and word of mouth has given it a monster-sized cult following. [[VindicatedByHistory Go figure]]. A [[Theatre/{{Newsies}} Broadway adaptation adaptation]] hit in 2012 and was promptly sold out and showered in Tony nominations. It won two, for Best Choreography and Best Score, winning Alan Menken his first Tony.



!!The Broadway Musical contains examples of:
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Jack has a lot more angst over [[spoiler: Crutchie getting captured and injured]] than he does in the movie.
* AdaptationDistillation: Jack's brief time as a scab is tied in better to the plot, by making him realize how important he is to the strike as a leader everyone else can get behind.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Telling that [[spoiler: Jack and Katherine's]] first kiss is in the middle of a shouting match.
* BigShutUp: Katherine gets a ''beautiful'' one when Jack continues their argument after [[spoiler: they kiss.]]
--> '''Katherine:''' Now would be a good time for you to ''shut up!''
* BSODSong: The stage musical's version of "Santa Fe" might be this given that Jack [[spoiler: is flipping out with guilt and angst over Crutchie being beaten up and arrested.]]
* CompositeCharacter: Katherine absorbs the roles of [[LoveInterest Sarah Jacobs]] and [[IntrepidReporter Bryan Denton]] from the movie.
* GenderFlip: Given that Katherine is a composite of a male and female character from the film, the male character's role got this treatment.
* HesBack:
--> "We've got faith!"
--> "We've got the plan!"
--> "And we've got Jack!"
--> "So just watch what happens . . .
--> We're back!"
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jack and Crutchie, and also Jack and David, by the end.
* IntrepidReporter: Katherine Plumber becomes invested in the newsies' revolution and works hard to get their story out.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Katherine is Pulitzer's daughter.]] Not a totally straight example, as both of them know it from the start, but the other protagonists sure don't.
* PluckyGirl: Katherine, again. She braves a couple of scuffles, writes what she believes, helps to cheer up Jack, and defies Pulitzer's printing ban and [[spoiler: parental ban on seeing Jack.]]
* ThePollyanna: Crutchie is visibly upset about once in this show, and Jack quickly cheers him. The rest of the time he's smiling like crazy and is one of the most spirited supporters of the strike.
* PowerTrio: Jack, David and Katherine give off this vibe as strike leaders.
* SerialRomeo: Romeo, fittingly enough.
* SheIsTheKing: Thanks to the GenderFlip above, "King of New York" ends up [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this for Katherine's part.
-->'''Race:''' Am-scray, punk, Shes the king of New York!
-->'''Katherine:''' [[LampshadeHanging Whod'a thunk!]] I'm the king of New York!
* ShoutOut: "Good Ol' [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack]]." Oh, Disney . . .
** Also, it may be a coincidence, but "Is that even legal?" (said by Katherine during "Watch What Happens") is also a line from Kenny Ortega's later Disney musical HighSchoolMusical.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Katherine Plumber.
* StarvingArtist: Jack is given shades of this.
* VagueAge: How old is Katherine? Old enough to be a reporter, young enough to be an honorary member of a children's crusade (thereby playing AdultsAreUseless straighter) and [[spoiler: start a relationship with 17-year-old Jack.]]
* VillainSong: "The Bottom Line"
* WouldntHitAGirl: Jack. When he's ticked-off at Katherine, he laments something along the lines of "Oh, if you weren't a girl . . ."
19th Jun '16 12:04:03 AM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[spoiler: TheodoreRoosevelt, Governor of the State of New York.]]

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[spoiler: TheodoreRoosevelt, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, Governor of the State of New York.]]
27th Feb '16 5:28:33 PM hamza678
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* IdiotBall: Jack specifically tells Denton not to put his picture in the paper, but later when he whips his camera out and takes a picture of all the newsies, Jack doesn't duck down or cover his face or even move so as to make it blur. This leads to trouble when [[spoiler:Warden Snyder sees the picture and figures out that "Francis Sullivan" is now using the name "Jack Kelly".]] Of course, the subsequent plot is dependent on this happening, but why didn't they just have Jack be taken by surprise? Instead, he sees the camera and even points it out to the others.



* PlotInducedStupidity: Jack specifically tells Denton not to put his picture in the paper, but later when he whips his camera out and takes a picture of all the newsies, Jack doesn't duck down or cover his face or even move so as to make it blur. This leads to trouble when [[spoiler:Warden Snyder sees the picture and figures out that "Francis Sullivan" is now using the name "Jack Kelly".]] Of course, the subsequent plot is dependent on this happening, but why didn't they just have Jack be taken by surprise? Instead, he sees the camera and even points it out to the others.
15th Feb '16 5:45:05 PM RavenShy1025
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*BigShutUp: Katherine gets a ''beautiful'' one when Jack continues their argument after [[spoiler: they kiss.]]
--> '''Katherine:''' Now would be a good time for you to ''shut up!''
12th Dec '15 10:59:12 PM Mikeyfan93
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'''Newsies''' is a 1992 film produced by Disney. It is a live-action [[TheMusical musical]] that follows the story of a group of newsboys in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1899, who strike against the city's biggest newspapers and their publishers after the price of newspapers goes up. It was a box office bomb when it was first released and severely mocked by critics (Leonard Maltin went as far as calling it "[[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Newsboy]]"), but a combination of releases on home video and DVD, airings on the DisneyChannel, the Internet, and word of mouth has given it a monster-sized cult following. [[VindicatedByHistory Go figure]]. A Broadway adaptation hit in 2012 and was promptly sold out and showered in Tony noms. It won two, for Best Choreography and Best Score, winning Alan Menken his first Tony.

It should also be noted that the film was also directed by Kenny Ortega, the guy who would go on to be responsible for the ''HighSchoolMusical'' films.

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'''Newsies''' is a 1992 film produced by Disney. It is a live-action [[TheMusical musical]] that follows the story of a group of newsboys in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1899, who strike against the city's biggest newspapers and their publishers after the price of newspapers goes up. It was a box office bomb when it was first released and severely mocked by critics (Leonard Maltin went as far as calling it "[[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Newsboy]]"), but a combination of releases on home video and DVD, airings on the DisneyChannel, the Internet, and word of mouth has given it a monster-sized cult following. [[VindicatedByHistory Go figure]]. A Broadway adaptation hit in 2012 and was promptly sold out and showered in Tony noms.nominations. It won two, for Best Choreography and Best Score, winning Alan Menken his first Tony.

It should also be noted that the film was also directed by Kenny Ortega, the guy who would go on to be responsible for direct the ''HighSchoolMusical'' films.
28th Oct '15 9:29:28 AM jkrfan7
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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Medda is a showgirl singer who helps the newsies throughout the strike.
7th Sep '15 12:43:18 PM nombretomado
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'''Newsies''' is a 1992 film produced by Disney. It is a live-action [[TheMusical musical]] that follows the story of a group of newsboys in NewYorkCity in 1899, who strike against the city's biggest newspapers and their publishers after the price of newspapers goes up. It was a box office bomb when it was first released and severely mocked by critics (Leonard Maltin went as far as calling it "[[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Newsboy]]"), but a combination of releases on home video and DVD, airings on the DisneyChannel, the Internet, and word of mouth has given it a monster-sized cult following. [[VindicatedByHistory Go figure]]. A Broadway adaptation hit in 2012 and was promptly sold out and showered in Tony noms. It won two, for Best Choreography and Best Score, winning Alan Menken his first Tony.

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'''Newsies''' is a 1992 film produced by Disney. It is a live-action [[TheMusical musical]] that follows the story of a group of newsboys in NewYorkCity UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in 1899, who strike against the city's biggest newspapers and their publishers after the price of newspapers goes up. It was a box office bomb when it was first released and severely mocked by critics (Leonard Maltin went as far as calling it "[[Film/HowardTheDuck Howard the Newsboy]]"), but a combination of releases on home video and DVD, airings on the DisneyChannel, the Internet, and word of mouth has given it a monster-sized cult following. [[VindicatedByHistory Go figure]]. A Broadway adaptation hit in 2012 and was promptly sold out and showered in Tony noms. It won two, for Best Choreography and Best Score, winning Alan Menken his first Tony.
13th Jul '15 5:53:29 AM nanakiro
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* AcceptableTargets: When trying to figure out which headlines would help them sell more papers, one newsie suggests a crooked politician. He gets shouted down because "that ain't news no more!"

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* AcceptableTargets: When trying to figure out which headlines would help them sell more papers, one newsie suggests a crooked politician. He gets shouted down because "that ain't news no more!"



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: During the nuns scene in "Carrying the Banner", a woman walks through the crowd of newsies, looking for her missing son. She is never seen again and, according to the audio commentary of the film, serves no purpose other than to show how common it was for children to run away from home during those days.



* CreatorBacklash: Christian Bale hated working on the film, and swore he'd never do another musical.



* DawsonCasting: Several of the stage cast are considerably older than the ages of their characters. Jeremy Jordan and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, who respectively played the 17-year-old Jack Kelly and 15-year-old Crutchie in the original Broadway run, are both in their late 20s/early 30s.
5th Jul '15 12:27:48 PM YasminPerry
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